The millennium development goals
Yasmin Kaur runs through the millennium development goals and how they aim to improve the health of people in poor countries
On a beautiful summer's day in July 2005 many of us turned on the television or were lucky enough to have tickets to one of the concerts organised as part of Live 8. It was spectacular: three billion people around the world watched 10 concerts running simultaneously in different parts of the world, to raise awareness of the poverty still facing African countries; to pressure politicians to erase third world debt; and to honour the millennium development goals (box).
The 1990s had seen an increase in poverty in poor countries, along with a big increase in HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases. It seemed that the gap between rich and poor countries was widening, and the United Nations realised that something had to be done. Many people saw the approach of a new millennium as an opportunity to work together and to work with targets to make meaningful changes that would